Andrew J. Borkowski’s linked collection of short stories, Copernicus Avenue, is the winner of the 2012 Toronto Book Award.
Borkowski’s debut book is set in-and-around the titular avenue, a thinly-veiled homage to Roncesvalles Ave., the west-end Toronto Polish enclave where the author was born and raised.
The other finalists were National Post columnist Dave Bidini for Writing Gordon Lightfoot: The Man, the Music, and the World in 1972; Farzana Doctor for her novel Six Metres of Pavement; Michele Landsberg for her collection of columns Writing the Revolution; and Suzanne Robertson for her poetry collection Paramita, Little Black.
Each of the five finalists receives $1,000, while Borkowski takes home an additional $10,000. (That should buy Andrew a lot of coffees!)
Andrew will be my guest speaker at the Writing with Style workshop Februrary 2 in Brampton. Details here.
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